11 27 2014
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The Wake of Vanport oral history

King's Dream of Economic Parity Remains Unfulfilled

On Nov.13, a historic event took place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on a plot of land near the national memorials to Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt: the groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Like many other Americans, I am overjoyed that our nation is honoring Dr. King this way. On the hallowed ground surrounded by memorials to soldiers and leaders of wars, it is especially moving to see the first memorial to a leader who preached and practiced nonviolence and peace.
But even as we celebrate the enormously important symbolism of building a memorial to Dr. King in this special place, this monument should also serve as a powerful reminder that there is still much more left for our nation to do to honor him and his teachings that can't be accomplished with a statue or words carved in stone.
In his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony, President George W. Bush said building this memorial to Dr. King alongside the memorials to the many other Americans honored on the ....


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Dr. King's Life and Times

1929 — Martin Luther King Jr. is born to the Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr. (formerly Alberta Christine Williams) , on Jan. 15. in Atlanta, Ga.
1935-1944 — King attends the segregated David T. Howard Elementary School in Atlanta, the University Laboratory School and Booker T. Washington High School.
1947 — The Rev. King is licensed to preach.
1948 — The Rev. King is ordained to the Baptist ministry and appointed associate pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He graduates from Morehouse College with a ....


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Ground Is Broken for Memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.

President George W. Bush, appearing at a groundbreaking ceremony last Nov. 13 for a memorial honoring slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said the National Mall monument will "preserve his legacy for ages."
Under overcast skies, Bush joined former President Bill Clinton and a host of civil rights figures and members of Congress to celebrate the monument to be built not far from where King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 to about 250,000 people taking part in a pro-civil rights march on Washington.
"When Martin Luther King came to Washington in the summer of 1963," Bush said, "he came to hold this nation to its own standards. ... He stood not far from here ... with thousands gathered around him. His dream spread a message of hope."
"An assassin's bullet could not shatter his dream," Bush said ....


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African Immigrant Carves a Niche

Matt Essieh

Matt Essieh immigrated to Oregon in 1980 to attend Southern Oregon State University. Now, the one-time immigrant is an American citizen with a company that employs 21 people and does business nationwide.

His Beaverton-based business, EAI Information Systems, creates computerized systems for banks, brokers and insurance companies to help clients make and keep track of their investments.


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